The Youngstown State softball team (26-13-1, 10-8 Horizon) looks to stay hot when it visits Toledo, Tuesday, April 24, in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. before hosting UIC in a three-game Horizon League series, April 28-29, at McCune Park. YSU's doubleheader against St. Bonaventure on April 26 has been cancelled due to forecasted poor weather conditions.
The Guins have won five of their last six contests including a three-game sweep of Horizon League foe Detroit on April 18-19 and taking two-of-three from Wright State on April 21-22.
Thomas Putting Up Player of the Year Numbers
Senior Haley Thomas has certainly put her name in the conversation for Horizon League Player of the Year. Currently, Thomas leads the Horizon League in batting average (.435) and hits (57), ranks second in on-base percentage (.497) and stolen bases (13), third in slugging percentage (.664) and total bases (87), tied for third with 12 doubles, fourth in runs scored (35) and ninth in RBIs (30).
Snodgrass Named Horizon League POW
Sophomore third baseman Samantha Snodgrass has been named the Horizon League Softball Player of the Week for the week of April 16-22, the league announced on Monday. This is the first weekly award honor of Snodgrass career.
Snodgrass led the Guins to a 5-1 week as the Penguins swept Detroit before taking two of three games from visiting Wright State. Recording a .375 batting average, Snodgrass posted a .938 slugging percentage, clubbing two home runs and driving in 11 on the week.
Her first homer of the week was a three-run shot that helped lead to a 9-0 victory.
In a key series win over Wright State, Snodgrass batted .500 (3-for-6), finished with seven RBIs, including a three-run homer in the series opener and a four-RBI effort in the rubber game of the series.
This is also the sixth time this season a Youngstown State player has won the award. Snodgrass joins junior Vicky Rumph (Feb. 12) and senior Haley Thomas (March 20 and March 26) as player-of-the-week honorees. Sophomore Casey Crozier (Feb. 12 and March 20) was twice selected as the league's pitcher of the week.
Jordan Ingalls Has Change For Career Average Record
Senior Jordan Ingalls has a chance to break the school's career batting average of .359 set by Barb Nick (1980-83). Ingalls currently has a .361 career batting average (213-for-590).
Crozier Nets 200
Sophomore Casey Crozier became just the sixth player in school history to record 200 career strikeouts after whiffing three against Wright State on April 22. Crozier ranks sixth all-time with 201 strikeouts and needs 10 more to move into fifth place on the all-time list. Her 104 strikeouts this year currently rank fourth on the single-season list.
Guins Smash Runs Mark
By scoring 48 runs last week, the Guins flew past the team record for most runs in a season of 220 set in 2003. They have scored 239 runs so far this season for an average of nearly six runs per game.
Haslett Picks Up First Shutout
Freshman Kayla Haslett collected her first career shutout with an impressive five-hit, 10-0 win over Wright State on April 22. Haslett has a record of 6-5 and a 3.01 earned-run average.
Rumph Having Career Year
Junior Vicky Rumph is having the best offensive season of her career in 2012. Rumph is batting a career-high .364 with 11 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 25 runs scored and 34 runs batted in. Her RBIs also rank tied for third in the Horizon League while her batting average ranks ninth in the league.
Thomas Closing in on Hits Mark
Senior Haley Thomas already holds the YSU single-season and career runs record scoring 41 runs in 2010 and 141 in her career. Now, Thomas is approaching the school's all-time hits record of 231 set by Associate Head Coach Tiffany Patteson (2003-06). Thomas currently ranks second all-time with 218 career hits and needs 13 more to tie and 14 to break the record.
More Team Marks
The Guins have also set the record for most RBIs in a season with 209 which broke the record of 198 set last season. They are also on pace to break the team batting average record of .296 set in 2010. After 40 games, the Guins are batting .324 as a team and have eight players batting .308 or above.
Ingalls Approaching RBI Record
Senior Jordan Ingalls, who ranks sixth in the Horizon League with 32 runs batted in this season, has 113 career RBIs and ranks tied for second all-time. She needs just seven more to break the school mark of 119 set by McKenzie Bedra (2005-08).
Guins Staff in Top Five in ERA
The Guins' pitching staff has done a solid job this season. As a staff, the Guins rank second in the Horizon League with a 2.96 earned-run average. Sophomore Casey Crozier ranks third in the league with a .247 ERA while junior Hana Somogyi is fourth at 3.00 and freshman Kayla Haslett is fifth at 3.01.
Sarah Ingalls Surging
Sophomore Sarah Ingalls has found her zone at the plate over the last 22 games. In her first 13 games of the year, Ingalls was batting just .250. Over the course of the last 22 contests, Ingalls has raised her batting average 79 points to .329 going 16-for-42 (.381 BA) during that span with 12 RBIs, two doubles and three home runs. She also posted a slugging percentage of .643 and an on-base percentage of .469.